With its stunning natural harbour, Boscastle is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of dramatic cliffs and flower-strewn fields and woodland. It is a great base for walkers, families and dog owners.
Here are our top 10 things to do in and around the village:
- Hike the Southwest Coastpath – Spectacular views reward the climb out of the village in either direction. Venture north to Beeny Cliff to find the Pentargon waterfall plummeting to the sea. On your return journey, be sure to call in at Boscastle Farm Shop for one of their famous cakes. Or head south towards Tintagel for along rugged coastline with crashing waves and slate stacks from former quarries. King Arthur’s legendary castle awaits, perched high on a grassy clifftop, with a causeway from which Merlin’s Cave can be seen. This route has been named by The Times as one of the best walks in Britain.
- Stroll along the Valency Valley – a gentle circular path from Boscastle’s main carpark will take you along the dappled woodland of the Valency Valley, with its rushing river, to the atmospheric Minster Church and the site of an ancient healing centre.
- A cup of tea with a view – In the village itself, the National Trust visitor centre and tearooms are a must. Find out about the Boscastle flood of 2004 and how the village rebuilt itself.
- Get spooky – Also in the harbour you will find the unique Museum of Witchcraft and Magic which houses one of the largest collections of objects relating to magic and the occult.
- Marvel at the blowhole – A natural phenomenon visible from the harbour about an hour either side of low tide, where the waves entering a sea cave crash out of the rock in a “devil’s bellows”.
- Boscastle Pottery – Pop into Boscastle Pottery where father and son Roger and Tim Irving Little make beautiful mochaware with a distinctive tree pattern in the glaze.
- Visit a traditional pub – Boscastle is blessed with three unique pubs – The 16th century Napoleon Inn which is virtually opposite the cottage; The Wellington or “Welly”, and the Cobweb Inn. All are warm and welcoming, dog-friendly, serve great food and often have live music, including Cornish folk music.
- Fresh fish and chips – Don’t miss the fantastic fish and chips at Sharon’s Plaice. Eat in the beer garden in summer or take away. Proper job.
- Hit the beach – Take the coastal route north out of Boscastle by car to wind along ancient lanes with spectacular views, dropping down to beaches at Crackington Haven and Widemouth Bay – one of the best surfing spots in the country. Summerleaze and Crooklets in Bude are brilliant family beaches with large car parks. South of the village is the lovely beach of Trebarwith Strand.
- Enjoy a fishing village – Within easy reach you will find Port Isaac, home of TV’s Doc Martin and chef Nathan Outlaw, and Padstow, the start of the beautiful Camel Trail cycle route (hire bikes there) and several Rick Stein restaurants.